Out of the 164,500 kitchen fires that occur in houses each year, the majority of those are grease fires that ignite in the kitchen. A grease fire can cause damage to the stove, to the floor if hot grease is spilled and burn down a house if not contained. How does a grease fire happen and what can you do?
First, what can cause a grease fire?
- A collection of grease in the range hood.
- Grease on the outside of a pan that is used to cook.
- Spilled grease on a stove burner or in an oven.
Second, what can you do if a grease fire occurs?
- If what is in a pan catches fire, put a lid on the pan. That will take away the oxygen from the fire and it will eventually stop burning.
- Turn off the stove and let the pan cool. Never try to move a hot pan that just had a small grease fire. Let it cool first.
- If what is in the oven catches fire, turn it off and close the door. Don't try to take anything out. If the fire continues to burn after a second, call the fire department.
- If the range hood catches fire, call the fire department.
- Use a fire extinguisher, but ensure it is one that is rated for grease fires.
- Never put water on a grease fire. It will splash hot grease, which can spread the fire.
Third, how can you prevent grease fires?
- Each year, clean the range hood, including removing the filter and cleaning it or replacing it. Clean with something like Dawn that cuts grease easily.
- Thoroughly clean pans so grease is no longer present.
- If grease is spilled on a stove or oven, clean with a cleaner that is made to clean up grease. Dawn is one type of soap that can be used.
- Don't cook oil on high heat and know the heat ratings for the oil you are using. If oil starts to smoke, turn the heat down and carefully move the pan.
- If adding food to grease, be careful about splatters.
- If deep frying, ensure your pan is deep enough for the oil and the food.
Protecting your home from catching fire is one way to reduce claims on your homeowners insurance and keep your rates lower.
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